Minn. flu death toll rises to 176 15 Mar 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s death toll from influenza this season has climbed to 176.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday seven more influenza-related deaths were confirmed last week.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the 176 deaths are the most the state has recorded in at least five flu seasons. Comparisons before that time are limited due to a change in the way the state Health Department calculates flu deaths.

Flu illnesses continue to decrease. Last week 37 people were hospitalized in Minnesota. One long-term care facility reported a flu outbreak, as did two schools.

Information in the following story is from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org